Jasprit Bumrah, Indian pace-bowling spearhead across all three formats of the game, recalled how the 2018 Perth Test against Australia made his realize the fact that one needs to be patient in Test cricket for the rewards.
Bumrah had a whirlwind start to his Test career in early 2018 during the tour of South Africa and since then the right-handed fast bowler has gone from strength to strength in the purest format of the game. Bumrah is the only Asian bowler in the history of the game who has claimed a five-wicket haul in England, South Africa, Australia, and the West Indies.
The right-hander has bowled many match-winning spells for India in his brief Test career but, according to him, his spell on the pacy Perth track in late 2018- even though he did not get a lot of wickets- is the best that he has bowled in his Test career, something that proved to be a great learning curve for him.
”Even in Australia, it was the same. In certain situations, I thought I was bowling well. At Perth, for instance, I felt it was the fastest that I ever bowled. I felt like was bowling at 155, 158. But in Perth, I did not get a lot of wickets. So, what had 2018 taught me – just keep doing to the right things, sometimes things will click, sometimes you’ll have to wait longer,” Jasprit Bumrah told TOI.
‘Keep doing what you do, results will follow’- Jasprit Bumrah
And, the results came almost immediately for Jasprit Bumrah as he ran through the Australia in the first innings of the Boxing Day at the MCG, claiming 6-33 and paving the way for an eventual Indian win.
Bumrah said that Perth Test has taught him a lot and he now tries and carries the same mindset that he had in that game, wherever he plays.
”Results will come. In fact, I remember saying this in the press conference after the Perth Test that it was probably the best I had every bowled then, even if the wickets didn’t come as expected. Wickets came in the next Test, at MCG. In hindsight, I bowled better at Perth, I got better results at MCG. At the end of the day, your account will get tallied,” he said.
”I try and carry the Perth mindset everywhere. Keep doing what you do, results will follow. When I start again, I will once again go back to doing the same things. Hard work never goes in vain,” Bumrah added.